BIN LADEN WAS ALREADY DEAD
George Washington Post date: 04/30/2012
Painting by Anthony Freda: www.AnthonyFreda.com
The anniversary of Bin Laden's death is big news.
Obama is bragging about how he whacked Bin Laden, accusing Romney of being too soft to take out bad guys.
Romney supporters accuse Obama of "spiking the football" and inappropriately showing off to score political points.
Both sides are missing the big picture. Specifically, we noted last year:
I’m as happy as the next red-blooded American that Bin Laden is dead.
For more than a decade, the government has said that Bin Laden is the world’s worst terrorist, a terrorist kingpin, the head of the worst terrorist group in the world.
But if we captured and interrogated him, he could have spilled a lot of beans which would help prevent future terrorist attacks.
But as the
There’s one option the administration appears to have never seriously considered: taking bin Laden alive.
administration had made clear to the military’s clandestine Joint Special
Operations Command that it wanted bin Laden dead, according to a senior
Gareth Porter reported yesterday that the
The absence of any military planning to catch bin Laden was a function of Bush’s national security team, led by Vice-President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld, which had firmly opposed any military operation in Afghanistan that would have had any possibility of catching bin Laden and his lieutenants.Rumsfeld and the second-ranking official at the Pentagon, Paul Wolfowitz, had dismissed CIA warnings of an al Qaeda terrorist attack against the United States in the summer of 2001, and even after 9/11 had continued to question the CIA’s conclusion that bin Laden and al Qaeda were behind the attacks.
and Rumsfeld were determined not to allow a focus on bin Laden to interfere
with their plan for a
Even after Bush decided in favour of an Afghan campaign, CENTCOM commander Tommy Franks, who was responsible for the war in Afghanistan, was not directed to have a plan for bin Laden’s capture or to block his escape to Pakistan. [Background.]
We tortured a bunch of innocent farmers, children, grandparents and reporters … supposedly to get information about Bin Laden. But it doesn’t seem like the government was very interested in actually interrogating Bin Laden himself.
We pointed out the next day:
The Christian Science Monitor reports today:
The opportunity to glean valuable intelligence from the leader of a powerful terrorist organization was lost, says retired Army Col. Stuart Herrington, a military intelligence specialist who interrogated generals under the command of Saddam Hussein and evaluated US detention operations at Guantánamo.
It is a misconception that ideologues don’t talk, he says. “The opinion that, ‘Oh, he’s such a fanatic, he won’t tell us anything' – that’s uninformed blathering by people who don’t understand the business,” Herrington adds.
The Christian Science Monitor article also confirms that torture doesn’t work to produce actionable intelligence, and points out that even Bin Laden could have been made to talk if other interrogation techniques were used.
The ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee. – Senator Chambliss – says that the executive order stated that Bin Laden should be killed ....
Former deputy national intelligence officer for transnational threats, a 23-year senior CIA analyst, who “drafted or was involved in many of the government’s most senior assessments of the threats facing our country [and who] devoted years to understanding and combating the jihadist threat”, writes today in the Washington Post that the neocons have whipped us into an irrational fear of the terrorism. In reality, “Osama bin Laden and his disciples are small men and secondary threats whose shadows are made large by our fears” and our leaders.
This is no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention. The BBC produced a documentary called The Power of Nightmares in 2005 that showed that politicians were greatly exaggerating the terrorist threat for political ends.
Indeed, we noted in 2009:
A United States Congressman claims that the Bush
administration intentionally let Bin Laden escape in order to justify the
So if Bin Laden is alive, American leaders have to explain why they have repeatedly chosen not to pull the trigger.
And if he is dead, they have to explain why they are claiming that he’s alive and authenticating his videos.
Drudgereport: Campaign ad
says Romney wouldn't have ordered raid to kill Osama bin Laden …
[Coulda…Woulda…If wobama’s grandmother had wheels she’d have been a trolley car…There’s
documentation from reliable military sources that the ‘staged event’ for
political capital at a time wobama was generating record low polling numbers
did not in reality result in Osama’s death – there are also varying views, from
already dead, body on ice and reason for quick burial at sea, etc., see infra
“Bin Laden” Heroes Probably Murderered to Keep Them Quiet ... Gordon Duff Veterans Today
FLASHBACK: Eyewitness to OBL Raid Saw Helicopter Explode (TRANSCRIPT) [ As indicated on this albertpeia.com website, I didn’t buy the administration’s desperate and politically opportunist Osama event and still don’t buy it; and further, I believe this! ]Veterans Today | TRANSCRIPT of critical interview with Pakistani eyewitness to Bin Laden raid. Is this the key to SEAL Team 6′s demise?
“Bin Laden” Heroes Probably Murderered
to Keep Them Quiet Gordon Duff Veterans Today August 7, 2011 | Some Possibly
Killed in Abbottabad Helicopter Crash Months Before. [ As indicated on this albertpeia.com website, I didn’t buy
the administration’s desperate and politically opportunist Osama event and
still don’t buy it; and further, I believe this! ] Today 31 NATO troops, 20 of
them Navy Seals from the Osama bin Laden operation died in what is reported as
a helicopter crash in
‘The chance of this story being true is almost nil. The chances of this being a staged coverup is over 80%. We believe these people were murdered to silence them. This is why.
We have solid information on two areas:
1. Osama bin Laden died in 2001 as an active CIA employee and his body was recovered in Afghanistan and taken to “the sand box.” We were told it was frozen. We have so much verification from this, CIA, ISI, US military and top officials. I have a direct confirmation from Bin Laden’s CIA handler who I grilled mercilessly on this.
2. The Abbottabad operation involved numerous American deaths, witnessed, bodies all over, a helicopter crash. (suppressed translated TV interview below) These bodies were recovered by land vehicle from Islamabad and there was NO “successful” bin Laden operation of any kind. There was and has been a CIA safe house in Abbotabad where terror suspects were stored for years.
This gave the
We at VT were informed that the bin Laden operation was staged at this time, a theatrical farce, to cover the exit of Secretary Gates, the move by former CIA Director Leon Panetta into the DOD as Secretary of Defense and to stem any heroic claims by new CIA Director Petraeus of killing the long dead Osama bin Laden, the long frozen CIA operative.
Petraeus is a possible presidential contender and had to be denied this “gift from heaven,” a fast track to the oval office for sure.
Again, I remind you, I went over specific meetings on bin Laden with his handlers, getting every last detail. I have watched what has gone on, the continuing need to vilify a long dead top CIA operative to provide residual cover for the Bush administration…
The reason? Bush and his cronies are all facing charges of war crimes, not just in minor jurisdictions but heading for the ICC, putting them on the dock with Gaddafi ( a far less harmful character).